Having not yet lived a full year in New York City, I’m still discovering how Mother Nature’s seasons affect my favorite haunts.  Case in point was my recent visit to the Conservatory Gardens at 105th and 5th Avenue, in Central Park where…

The mid-afternoon light kissed the pale yellow irises canna lilies…

Photo of pale yellow iris with purple flowers in the background, taken by Joana Miranda

And illuminated these dusty pink  dahlias.

Photo of pink flowers at Conservatory Garden, taken by Joana Miranda

The  Bessie Potter Vonnoh sculpture over the Secret Garden water lily pond shimmered magically…

Photo of bronze statue by Bessie Potter Vennoh at Conservatory Garden, NY, taken by Joana Miranda

As did the water lilies in the pond.

Photo of pink water lily, taken by Joana Miranda

Along the path, muted pastels and textures…

Muted pastel colors seen in plants at the Conservatory Garden, NY, photo taken by Joana Miranda

Contrasted with the vivid hues of other flowers.

Photo of bluish purple flowers seen at Central Park's Conservatory Garden, taken by Joana Miranda

Daisies and mums erupted in fields of color…

Photo of daisies and mums seen at NY's Conservatory Garden, taken by Joana Miranda

Purple and orange…

Photo of purple and orange mums seen at Central Park's Conservatory Garden, taken by Joana Miranda

And many shades in between!

Photo of assorted colored mums blooming on a hill, taken by Joana Miranda

Two visitors – Indian ladies dressed in saris – created a bouquet of color of their own…

Two Indian ladies dressed in colorful saris seen at Central Park's Conservatory Garden, taken by Joana Miranda

While this pink rose was a beauty to behold.

Photo of pink rose with two rose buds, taken by Joana Miranda

Green ivy shaded the groves of trees…

Photo of green ivy in grove of trees, taken by Joana Miranda

And a solitary Monarch butterfly paused on its migration south.

Photo of Monarch butterfly perched on salvia flowers, taken by Joana Miranda

10.27.11 Update: Many thanks to those of you who commented and helped me out with ID-ing some of the flowers I labeled incorrectly!  I believe the last picture features salvia flowers.  Hope I’m right!


  1. Nature does it best of all 🙂 Love the butterfly on the -what, lavender, salvia? You captured some stunning shots on your visit…

    • Joana says:

      Hi Kate,

      I don’t think it’s lavender, but maybe salvia. Will try to find out! You, too, have gorgeous photos on your blog. Did you take the photo of the dew covered spider web? Stunning…

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. seekraz says:

    Beautiful photos…I especially love the one you labeled “colorful plants.” Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Joana says:

      Thanks for your nice comment! Hope you’ll have an occasion to come to NY some day…there’s lots more here in addition to beautiful parks and gardens:-)


  3. Helen Reich says:

    Wow, I didn’t even know this garden existed, which would make sense, because I wasn’t into gardens at the time I was roaming around NYC. Great pix! BTW, I think the first picture looks more like a canna than an iris.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      I’m taking my parents to the Conservatory Garden tomorrow…should be a nice day for it. And thank you for cluing me in about the canna flower (which I’d never heard of before.) Someone asked about the flower in the last picture…I think that’s a salvia, no?

      Ciao – Joana

  4. ma says:

    gorgeous photos, esp the butterfly! They stir up great memories!
    love, ma

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